Sunday, June 28, 2015

What I found appealing...the fashion issue

There has been a lot of talk around the web and on facebook regarding the idea of a "capsule wardrobe."

This image is from 4vector, who tells me it's free.  I hope they are telling the truth.

(Not this kind of capsule. This kind of capsule is for owies.)

A capsule wardrobe is what my mother, in the early '60s, called "mix-and-match separates."  My mother has dressed in mix-and-match separates for all of her adulthood.  I was taught that mix-and-match separates were the answer to most of life's questions...which is strange, if you think about it.  But the mix-and-match mentality went away around the same time our little excursion into Viet Nam wrapped up, and unless you knew where to shop (like the now-defunct Carroll Reed) and which brands to buy (like John Meyer of Norwich), your mix-and-match separate choices were limited.  You had the less-expensive old lady lines like Alfred Dunner (no offense to those of you who love Alfred...he has legions of fans out there) or a few die-hard lines like Pendleton, which is more "J Jilly" than it was traditionally, when owning a Pendleton jacket, pair of slacks and two skirts meant you could throw in a couple of blouses and a turtleneck and you had outfits for 10 days.

I got to thinking about this capsule wardrobe thing (even though I feel the need to call it something else--maybe not mix-and-match...maybe just Eminem) and read a book and a couple of articles (more about the book this week) and my friend Shelley was talking about finding our "old lady style" and I knew it was time.  I knew I had to find my "old lady" style too.  (By "old lady style" we don't mean that we want to look like old ladies, we mean that we want to adapt our style so that it can carry us forward into the retirement home, if need be. Think more "Meryl Streep/Jamie Lee Curtis" and less "Grandma Hazel.")

(I thought maybe I wanted to have "Dame Helen Mirren-style", but then I thought maybe I just want to be British.)

This is Dame Helen Mirren and I got this from the Game of Thrones website.

If you are as intrigued as I am about finding your "uniform," there are some good articles out there for you to peruse.  

*Here's one about building a "uniform" and what stylists have chosen for their own capsule wardrobe.  (Bonus: it's from the UK!)

*Here's Un-Fancy, a woman who has a 37 piece wardrobe.  Luckily, she's skinny and pretty and everything looks great on her.  She could wear a potato sack and it would be gorgeous.

*I am going to try this backwards hanger strategy in this BuzzFeed article.

*And for those of you over fifty (you know who you are), here's an article that might be helpful.

What did you find appealing this week?


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i want to be british, too- can we figure out how to make that happen?

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I just went shopping today and with all the hideous things to choose from, I have a limited amount to determine my style! I find that classic t-shirts and capri's have to be it for summer. Definitely not the t-shirts that say "Flirt" or "I Love You"!! There is so much junk out there!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Since I haven't been working and when I do "work" I'm painting, sanding, scrubbing, etc, I've gotten to where I just have about 10 pieces that I wear in different combos - I mean for those days when I'm wearing real clothes. I'll check out your articles. I have read a couple along these lines already. The big deal for me is to get rid of 1 1/2 closets full of clothes.

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